Athletic Trainer What They Do
Just the Facts
Evaluates and advises individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses, or maintain peak physical fitness. May provide first aid or emergency care.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Support Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Evaluates athletes' readiness to play and provides participation clearances when necessary and warranted.
- Cares for athletic injuries, using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication.
- Conducts an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness to provide emergency or continued care and to determine whether they should be referred to physicians for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
- Assesses and reports the progress of recovering athletes to coaches or physicians.
- Performs general administrative tasks, such as keeping records or writing reports.
- Applies protective or injury preventive devices, such as tape, bandages, or braces, to body parts, such as ankles, fingers, or wrists.
- Plans or implements comprehensive athletic injury or illness prevention programs.
- Collaborates with physicians to develop and implement comprehensive rehabilitation programs for athletic injuries.
- Advises athletes on the proper use of equipment.
- Travels with athletic teams to be available at sporting events.
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Working Conditions and Physical Demands
People who do this job report that:
- You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
- Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
- Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
- Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
- Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
- Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
- Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
- Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
- Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time
Working in this career involves (physical activities):
- Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
- Seeing clearly up close
- Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
- Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
- Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring
Work Hours and Travel
- Irregular hours
- Overnight travel
- Weekend work
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